Zara Patel

Rhinologist, Otolaryngologist

Bio:   Dr. Zara M. Patel is Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at Stanford. She was born and raised in St. Louis, completed her MD at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency training in otolaryngology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. After pursuing fellowship training in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at Stanford University, she was recruited to join the Emory University faculty in Atlanta in 2011. After four years, the rhinology division recruited her back to the West coast to rejoin the department here at Stanford University.

Dr. Patel is an expert in advanced endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. She treats patients with a wide variety of rhinologic complaints, including chronic sinus infection or inflammation, sinus disease that has failed medical therapy, sinus disease that has failed prior surgical therapy, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, benign and and malignant sinus and skull base tumors, as well as olfactory disorders.

She is immediate past-Chair of the Education Committee and now Member of the Board of Directors for the American Rhinologic Society and has developed a multitude of educational materials for both physicians and patients to help them better understand rhinologic disorders. She is passionate about educating patients to allow them to make the best decisions about their own care, leading to better outcomes.

Dr. Patel has published widely in topics such as avoiding complications in endoscopic sinus surgery, chronic rhinosinusitis in the immunosuppressed patient population, new devices and techniques for endoscopic skull base surgery, and olfactory dysfunction. She continues to perform research in these areas, and is beginning collaborative efforts with neuroscientists and engineers to develop technology that she hopes will eventually help cure patients with olfactory loss.
4.8 out of 5
151 Patient Ratings
59 Patient Comments

Sinus Center

Facial Pain Program

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  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion A, 1st Floor
  • Redwood City , CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
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Skull Base Surgery Program

Professional Education

  • Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2010) NY
  • Internship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2006) NY
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (2011)
  • Fellowship: Stanford School of Medicine (2011) CA
  • Medical Education: Oregon Health Science University (2005) OR

Honors & Awards

  • Bright Flight Scholarship, University of Missouri (1997-2001)
  • Campbell Scholarhsip, Oregon Health and Sciences University (2004)
  • Fellow, American Rhinologic Society (2016)
  • First Place, New York City Otolaryngology Resident Research Day (2008)
  • Hughes Academic Achievement Award, State of Missouri (2000)
  • Inductee, National Honor Society, Phi Bet Kappa (2000)
  • Inductee, National Honor Society, Phi Eta SIgma (1998)
  • Inductee, National Medical Honors Society, Alpha Omega Alpha (2004)
  • Leadership Grant, American Academy of Otolaryngology (2007, 2008)
  • Miller Memorial Fund Scholarship, University of Missouri (2001-2003)
  • Mount Sinai Resident Teaching Award, Mount Sinai Medical School (2010)
  • National Merit Finalist, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (1997)
  • OHSU Rose Award, Oregon Health and Sciences University (2003)
  • Woodruff Teaching Award, Emory University (2014)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (2017 - Present)
  • Director Rhinology Fellowship, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
4.8

Friendliness

4.8

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.8

Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

4.9

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

4.8

Recommended to others

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, May 2020

My experience was very good from the personal nurses and do not say about the doctors they are the best that God has put in my life.

SHC Patient, Mar 2020

Excellent

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

She's a lovely doctor/person but there's little she can do for me.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Answered my questions thoroughly and was even able to speak Spanish when explaining my condition to my family.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Very thorough.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

good

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Excellent

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

The doctor is very knowledgeable and careful to pass on the relevant information about condition and medication.

SHC Patient, May 2019

All staff was extremely thorough & specific with information.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

All that took care of me were great.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Patel was excellent.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

I have already recommended her to several people. Dr. Patel is kind, listens to my concerns, and and explains everything well. I am very happy with her care and expertise.

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4.8 out of 5
151 Patient Ratings
59 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, May 2020

My experience was very good from the personal nurses and do not say about the doctors they are the best that God has put in my life.

SHC Patient, Mar 2020

Excellent

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

She's a lovely doctor/person but there's little she can do for me.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Answered my questions thoroughly and was even able to speak Spanish when explaining my condition to my family.

SHC Patient, Jan 2020

Very thorough.

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

good

SHC Patient, Dec 2019

Excellent

SHC Patient, Nov 2019

The doctor is very knowledgeable and careful to pass on the relevant information about condition and medication.

SHC Patient, May 2019

All staff was extremely thorough & specific with information.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

All that took care of me were great.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Patel was excellent.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

I have already recommended her to several people. Dr. Patel is kind, listens to my concerns, and and explains everything well. I am very happy with her care and expertise.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Very comfortable with Dr. Patel

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Patel is absolutely the BEST!

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Excellent PROVIDER!!

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr. Patel was very thorough, recognized my level of awareness and addressed me accordingly.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr. Patel is very kind and always made sure I had gotten all my questions answered. Thank you!

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Patel came across as a brilliant doctor. After the visit, my wife and I are completely confident in her ability to take care of my medical needs.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr Patel and her NP(?) Dr Lee have always been amazing to me. When have questions they're more then willing to give detailed answers and explanations until I understand and am at ease.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr Zara Patel was very thorough with the explanation of my condition

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

Dr. Patel is an outstanding and exemplary ENT attending. I recommend a letter of commendation for outstanding achievement.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

top notch... excellent

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr. Patel is the first ENT to explain my condition and to outline the appropriate treatment. I am an RN, so this was astounding to me. This visit was very reassuring and it was because of her level of concern and knowledge.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Dr. Patel is a most knowledgeable and an excellent provider. Stanford Health is doing an excellent job of marketing it self by providing superior service by ALL employees.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

Good.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

First-rate doctor. did a very thorough exam and spent quite a bit of time with me. Will happily return to see her. I would have liked to have discussed the surgery option a bit more, but in all fairness, she had already spent a lot of time with me!n did a very thorough exam and spent quite a bit of time with me. Will happily return to see her. I would have liked to have discussed the surgery option a bit more, but in all fairness, she had already spent a lot of time with me!

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

I don't believe the issue of my bleeding and where it's coming from was addressed, Dr. Patel showed me the topical view inside my left nostrils still have discharge nearly every day.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr Patel is an outstanding medical provider

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Patel was extremely professional caring and a great time for me.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

After the nightmare experience I had with Peninsula ER, doctors on call and my previous ENT, Dr. Patel deserves an above and beyond a 5 ( very good rating). She deserves a 10+!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Exceptional care!!

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Patel is an excellent doctor. She shows compassion and I have a lot of trust in her.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Patel was excellent.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Love Dr. Patel.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Excellent and very caring.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

I would highly recommend Dr. Patel. She is very caring and compassionate. She explains everything completely.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Was very watchful of everything & gave much attention to all the symptoms I had had before the surgery & answered all the questions.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

All my injuries were answered in detailed.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Doctor Patel is very attentive to the patient is very jovial & makes an effort to understanding me.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Patel was excellent. Her team was also very good.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

my concerns were not addressed. i left feeling helpless about the pain and symptoms i was suffering as she did not seem to want to address them or have answers for me.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I really didn't want to be included in the decision process. I totally relied on my doctor's advice and would have done anything she said. She made sure I knew what to do, but the decision about my care was entirely hers, and I liked that.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

dr. Patel is amazing I would recommend her to everyone. A true professional and a credit to Stanford Health Care.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Excellent skill by the care provider. Would have liked just a bit more information about aftercare and follow up appt.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

care provvider was exceptionally sensitive to my needs

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Patel is the best doctor I have met w/ at Stanford. Great patient relations.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Patel is kind, caring & gentle.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Patel is great.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Patel was very compassionate and with great concern for me.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I was amazed at the personal attention & concern I was given. It instilled confidence.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Patel is great!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Very impressed with Doctor and staff. Doctor took a great deal of time going through things.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Excellent care. Thank you.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Excellent

SHC Patient, May 2016

This appointment was regarding anosmia following a complex history including sleep apnea, sinus infection, GI, and neurological issues. I was expecting to perhaps be able to quantify it and make sure it wasn't getting worse, but Dr. Patel not only did this but also suggested a treatment plan with essential oils and gave me ~50% odds of regaining some smell. So far things do not seem to be getting worse and maybe even slightly better.

SHC Patient, May 2016

The medical words I did not know was explained thoroughly

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Patel very knowledgeable re my condition.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I can't say anything to my provider. She explains everything.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Relieved of expertise of Dr. Patel - gave me hope.